Caulfield’s Ciaron Maher has named the Doncaster Mile 2015 in April as the main aim for his lightly-raced galloper Akavoroun this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Maher has a host of his stable stars returning to work ahead of their autumn returns including Lacryma Cristi five-year-old Akavoroun, the cracking miler likely to kick off in Melbourne before making the trip north.
The gelding has won six of his 11 starts to date and has twice been tested in Group 1 company.
Winner of the Listed VRC Winter Championship Final (1600m) at Flemington back in July, during the spring Akavoroun’s best effort was a close fourth in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).
Run at his home track at Caulfield Racecourse, the Toorak Handicap on October 11 saw Akavoroun jump from an outside barrier 12 of 15 draw that forced him to race wide throughout.
Despite being trapped three out with no cover, he kept rolling forward in a top effort to cross only a length off the winner Trust In A Gust.
His latest start was then at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day a fortnight later when running flat and eventually crossing a distant fifth behind Hooked in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m).
Maher sent him out for a spell immediately after that below par run and is pleased with the way he has come back.
Yet to race outside of Victoria, Akavoroun will make his interstate debut next time in with Maher eyeing the richest of the lucrative Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival with his promising galloper after his Melbourne return early next year.
Two Group 1 race targets are on the agenda starting with the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21, Golden Slipper Day.
From there he will progress onto the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Royal Randwick on April 4 if all goes to plan, Maher confident he won’t be out-weighted in the handicap classic.
“He is likely to kick off his campaign in Melbourne but he’ll go to Sydney for the George Ryder and the Doncaster Mile,” Maher told TVN on Monday.
“His rating is still at the right level where we can aim at races like that.”
Other Group 1 hopes for the emerging Maher this coming autumn carnival including his VRC Crown Oaks winner Set Square who is back in work ahead of a shot at the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) on April 11 and his 2015 Australian Derby hope Light Up Manhattan.
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